Nicodemus

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November 2015

23. November 2015: German Energiewende (energy transition)- Renewable energy, coal renaissance and Vattenfalls leaves Germany- what does all mean?

Some answers to most often asked questions1. How would you explain to a foreign audience, why lignite still has such a big part of Germany's energy mix? What are your projections for the composition of the future mix (say by 2020 or 2030), both primary consumption and power generation - especially in light of the [...]

April 2014

7. April 2014: The German Energiewende has an Image Problem

Here answers to frequently asked questions: -What will you say are the disadvantages and benefits of the Energiewende? Benefits are that Germany will reduce energy imports, and will therefore be less vulnerable from fossil energy price shocks or delivery disruptions. A further advantage is that the costs for renewable energy decline. Energy efficiency improvement drives [...]

April 2013

8. April 2013: The German Energiewende – fail or success?

"Electricity supply transition" is a better description of what's actually happened. We have a growing supply of renewably generated electricity that is impressive, but otherwise nothing much. The Energiewende had gotten off to a good start, but now it's faltering and in danger of being stopped entirely. Take, for example, investment into a new and [...]

October 2010

18. October 2010: Germany has decided to increase the share of renewable energy by 80 % within the next four decades, as well as half the amount of energy consumption.

It will be a long way to reach the goals. Here are answers to most often raised questions. What is the biggest challenge for Germany as it transitions from an "old" system of energy to a new, clean, carbon free one? Germany produced almost 50 % of total electricity by coal. The greatest challenge is [...]

August 2010

25. August 2010: Is nuclear power necessary?

Can renewable energy substitute nuclear? Why is there such an aggressive campaign by some economic leader? Here are answers to the most often asked questions:1. Last days there has been an aggressive campaign by the so called atom lobby against the governmental plans for a fuel rod levy. There was even a newspaper campaign joined [...]

July 2010

14. July 2010: There is not green paradox

In Germany, every one is talking about the “green paradox”. Experts, journalists and citizens who are involved in climate protection discuss the green paradox, in discussion forums, workshops, conferences, talkshows. Professor Hans Werner Sinn has written a best-selling book about it. Weiter:http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=there-is-no-green-paradox-2009-07-27

14. July 2010: Russia – gas and transit stops

Again and again: Russia strops gas delivery to Europe as there are unsolved gas transit conflicts, this time again with Belarus. Russia strongly depends on the earnings of selling fossil fuels, especially to Europe. Most important transit routes are through the Ukraine and Belarus. As Belarus did not pay the open bills to Russia, Russia [...]